• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7830

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    21 January 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 2


    CIRCA 1730

    Price Realised  


    CIRCA 1730
    The rectangular eared quarter-veneered and crossbanded top enclosing a green baize-lined interior with candle-stands and counter-wells, on lappet-headed turned tapering legs and pad feet, stamped to the back rail 'ET', two of the hinges stamped 'T', veneered on the reverse, the legs in solid cocus-wood, repaired break to top of front left leg
    28¾ in. (73 cm.) high; 34½ in. (90 cm.) wide; 17¾ in. (45 cm.) deep

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    The card-table is veneered with an unusual timber called cocus-wood, a hard, dense wood with a chocolate brown heart and a yellow sapwood, often referred to, erroneously, as laburnum. It was imported from the West Indies and was often known as West Indian ebony. It was used as a cabinet wood between 1660-1740 and in this case the timber has been sawn lengthways to provide a decoratively striped veneer (see A. Bowett, 'Myths of English Furniture History: Laburnum Wood Furniture', Antique Collecting, June 1998, pp. 22-23). A cocus-wood card-table of this form is preserved at Ickworth, Suffolk and is illustrated in R. Edwards, The Shorter Dictionary of English Furniture, 1964, London, p. 519, fig. 7.

    A related cocus-wood card table was sold Christie's, London, 25 November 2004, lot 13, and another, from the collection of the late Humphrey Whitbread, Christie's, London, 5 April 2001, lot 365.

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    Bonhams, London, 14 March 2006, lot 33.